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post #1 of 11 Old 11-08-2009, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Conformation wise, could he jump?

I have someone interested in leasing Yankee but they want to jump him. He's got the heart for it, he's such an honest horse but what I want to know is conformationally, could he do it without risking injury? I know he's got pretty steep back legs but I don't know how that would affect a horses jumping ability...I know NOTHING about jumping. He has put on quite a bit of weight since these pictures were taken and has been building muscle. Thanks

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-08-2009, 07:37 PM
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I can't see the pictures.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-08-2009, 07:37 PM
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do you have pictures of him straight from the back? a picture of the hocks would help. and his head up too.
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I personally don't see why not...?

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With the angles critique is a little difficult, it would be easier to say if he was squared up with his neck up. From what I can see:
-he has long thin pasterns especially in the front, be careful with applying stress here.
-his hind angle is rather steep/straight.
-he appears to have a downhill build.
-straight shoulder.
-possibly over the knee in the front.
-he will need more top line muscle and weight prior to jumping.
From looking at him, I would guess he could jump 2-3 feet with ease in competition as long as you take the necessary precautions (that come with jumping any horse) to keep things safe and fun.

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I would try to fatten him up first.Then work on some muscle.
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He has put on alot of weight. These pictures were taken in Aug. He has been building up muscle too.
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I don't see why not.

I would be more interested in the rider's ability to jump. Make sure he or she knows what they're doing. An unskilled/careless rider can hurt any horse while jumping.

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